Venezuela unrest, Pompeo meets Hungary's Orban, Brexit chiefs meet

11 February 2019 10:57 Europe Desk

Venezuela unrest: The crisis continues in the South American nation. On Sunday, Russia’s Gazprombank said Venezuela’s state-run oil company PDVSA opened accounts with the bank several years ago and has not opened any accounts recently. The US slapped sanctions on the Venezuelan oil firm last month to pressure President Nicolas Maduro to step down.

Pompeo meets Hungary's Orban: US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo will meet with Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Foreign Minister Szijjarto, and Defense Minister Benko. They will discuss defence cooperation, energy and regional security, support for Ukraine, and ways to counter Russian and Chinese influence and strengthen the Western alliance.

Brexit chiefs meet: Europe's Chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier will meet his UK counterpart Stephen Barclay in Brussels. As the clock ticks on Britain's scheduled exit from the EU on March 29, concerns over leaving without a deal dominated political talk on Sunday. The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) warned that the chances of Britain leaving the EU next month without a deal have increased and the country has now entered "the emergency zone".

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